Australian construction company John Holland has announced its plans to tackle internal gender pay equity, having realised that on average 15% of women are being paid less than men at the firm.
In line with this, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Joe Barr, has been named as a Pay Equity Ambassador by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in Australia.
“The construction industry hasn’t typically led the way when it comes to providing a level playing field for women, but that’s something I am determined to change,” Barr said.
“I want John Holland to be a great place to work where everyone is treated fairly and has the same opportunities to be their best. I also want that for our whole industry and John Holland needs to play its part.”
In light of this, the company has immediately sought to address pay inequities between men and women, as well as holding gender forums throughout the business to address further issues.
Further, in addition to correcting issues with gender inequality, Barr is also hoping to imbed a culture of wellbeing and flexibility into the company’s day-to-day operations.
“We already offer lots of benefits to our people to promote flexible working and I want to lead the way to make this a reality on John Holland work sites.”